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until then to convince harry reid and mcconnell to agree to some kind of filibuster reform changes. more broadly speaking, they will continue to meet and plan their strategy for 2013 and 2014 and find the best states where they can have the victories. new york state is a good example. andrew cuomo has indicated willingness for bic reform of money in politics in the state . host: andy host: live coverage of senator patrick leahy, he'll talk about his agenda, the committee's agenda for the 113th congress. introducing him is georgetown university law center professor -- excuse me, law center dean, william trainor. thanks for watching. >> issues like immigration and gun control and what's done with it particularly now in the wake of the terrible murders of children in newtown, connecticut, and privacy and civil liberties and judicial nominations. a couple years ago i had the privilege to introduce senator leahy as he spoke at the new see yum -- newseum, that was a fascinating speech and i know today will be a very important speech on a very important series of topics. after the senator speak
say, including harry reid, suggesting that an assault weapons ban wouldn't get through the house. you just heard a member of the house saying he believes the president should take any action. what's your reaction? >> absolutely. people like larry pratt and the nra also oppose things like making sure someone on the terrorist watch list can't get a gun. they don't believe in any restrictions whatsoever. look, nothing in the second amendment says that you have the right to bear arms cheaply and without any convenience. the government has the right to regulate in any way to the limits of the law. they absolutely can do that and they have a compelling interest in doing that. there are things the executive could do without congress and the president should do them all. we haven't had an atf, head of the atf for six years. they should vigorously go after gun trafficking. a lot of weapons are bought in the secondary market. >> 40% of gun sales have no background check whatsoever. >> exactly. >> 40%. >> exactly. all you would have to do to close that up would be to say, okay, fine, if you sell
it is the leaders who control the floor action and i think on the democratic side, the fact that harry reid in the senate is sounding pretty tepid about these right now and letting his lieutenants chuck schumer from new york and feinstein take the lead on this does not bode well for this legislation in the senate. >> bill: the one measure that most people believe is the most important and may be the most politically possible, i guess is the universal background check. the assault weapons ban is important. the high-capacity magazines important. but it's hard to argue that if you have a criminal background check required at a gun dealer, you would not do the same at a gun show. maybe that's the one thing that can get through. >> right now that does seem like it's the provision that has the most support on the hill. that as well as a lot of these mental health traditions that the president has put forth. you might see a little bit more agreement in those areas but i think what we saw yesterday from the republican side was definitely digging in when it came to the assault weapons and other part
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